Libya’s Zintan airport attacked by unidentified warplane

1 April 2015 (Last Updated April 1st, 2015 18:30)

The airport in western Libya's Zintan airport has been attacked this week, causing slight damage to the passenger terminal.

The airport in western Libya's Zintan airport has been attacked this week, causing slight damage to the passenger terminal.

While no-one has claimed responsibility for the attack, Reuters quoted a military source in the government of Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni as saying that the attack was carried out by Libya Dawn.

The country has been embroiled in conflict since May 2014, which escalated in July after Islamists reacted to the electoral defeat of Islamist politicians and launched 'Operation Libya Dawn' to seize Tripoli International Airport.

"A warplane attacked Zintan airport with seven explosives."

The airport was captured on 23 August after 41 days, with the country facing political unrest and being run by rival governments and parliaments.

Reuters quoted Zintan airport spokesman Omar Matooq as saying: "A warplane attacked Zintan airport this morning with seven explosives, one of which went off next to the passenger terminal and damaged the front of the building, and there are no casualties."

Matooq was also quoted by the Libya Herald as saying that several houses near the airport were also hit by shrapnel. He also added that the attackers used an Aero L-39 jet trainer with the pilots hailing from Ghariyan and the Tripoli subrb of Fashloum.

There also were reports of three fighters being killed by unknown gunmen at a checkpoint outside Misrata which is used as a base for forces of Libya Dawn.

Meanwhile, there was also an attack in Rujban by a Libya Dawn aircraft, which is being speculated to be the same involved in the Zintan attack, The plane hit a children's school and fired at houses. However, nobody was hurt, reported the Libya Herald.